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What is involved in psychiatric diagnosis?

A psychiatric diagnosis is an evaluation of an individual to determine if he or she fits the features of one or more mental illnesses. The evaluation is often given to decide whether or not there are any available psychiatric treatments available which may be medications or electroconvulsive therapy. The psychiatric diagnosis and evaluation also includes observation of the patient during ongoing treatment to see if they are responding to the suggested treatment or whether there should be a different approach taken.

In the United States most clinicians who are involved in the mental health field use the same diagnostic standards that have been laid down in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual that is published by the American Psychiatric Association. Social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists in El Paso TX all use the same standards. The process of diagnosis begins during the professional’s education and by the time that he or she is working with patients it is possible to render an accurate diagnosis based on the reported symptoms or those symptoms that have actually been observed.

Psychiatric diagnosis often goes beyond this as it can offer recommended medical treatments that are only available by prescription. Without the skills, other clinicians will refer the patient to a psychiatrist for assistance. A psychiatrist does not have to refer a patient to anyone; they can direct the treatment and maintain an ongoing analysis of the results of his or her observation and patient reports.

Psychiatric diagnosis is a process which involves a number of steps. The first of course is the initial diagnosis; this is normally done through observation of the patient and verbal dialogue with him or her. In many cases a mental status examination will be conducted to see whether the patient has homicidal or suicidal tendencies or if the patient displays any other psychiatric symptoms. Once the psychiatrist has gathered this data an analysis is conducted which leads to a complete diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.

Early diagnosis of a mentally disturbed individual can often be imperfect and in many cases it is necessary to gather evidence over a number of sessions to determine the best course of treatment with the least side effects. As many mental illnesses are unstable the psychiatric evaluation goes beyond the first diagnosis and recommended course of treatment, it is an ongoing process that many patients and their psychiatrists go through before the patient is capable of reentering normal society.

Many people have unique psychiatric needs, in an attempt to determine the best course of treatment the patient must be subjected to a psychiatric analysis. This is all part of the care given by the professionals at University Behavioral Health of El Paso.  For more information continue reading.

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